- Alternative Health Tips
- by G. Kumar
Naturopathy is Swasha Vritha
or the prophylactic or preventive aspect. Ayurveda is the Athura
Vritha or Therapy. Both are related sciences.
Daily Routines or Dinacharya,
according to Ayurveda
The ideal time to get up is 04.30
AM. This is known as Brahma Muhurtha or the Time of Brahman,
the Absolute. After getting up, one should know the condition
of the body. Then one should brush one's teeth and go to toilet
for bowel movement. One should brush teeth twice a day, once
in the morning and once in the evening.
Then one should go in for an
oil bath. Oil, preferably coconut oil should be used. This oil
should be pasted all over the body and one should wait for at
least 30 minutes and then take a bath. Cold bath is ideal but
for those suffering from diseases hot water bath is good.
Oil bath gives you good sleep.
Weakness of the body will disappear. Your body will grow in strength.
Your eyes will sparkle. "Abhyangam Achareth Nithyam"
says Ayurveda ( Daily you should go in for oil bath ). But those
suffering from indigestion and excess Kapha should not go in
for oil bath.
Pathya - Diet Control
When Ayurvedic medicines are
taken, one should observe Pathya or diet control.
The six tastes of Ayurveda are
- sweet, bitter, astringent, sour, pungent and salty.
Those suffering from Hyperacidity
or Ulcer should not take in foods that are sour or pungent. This
is known as Pathya. For every disease, there are foods that should
not be taken in. For people suffering from heart trouble or cholesterol,
eggs, meat, beef etc should not be taken in. This is Pathya.
Now there is a saying in Ayurveda
that for one observing Pathya, there is no need for medicine,
as negative food is phased out and spontaneous cure takes place.
Also for one not observing Pathya, as intake of medicines become
useless, as negative food devastates his disease. Pathya means
the Way to Health. Apathya means taking in the negative food
which foster the disease.
Banana - Nature's Tonic
The Banana is full of vitamins
and minerals. It contains iron, phosphorus and vitamins like
Niacin and Riboflavin. A big banana can confer more than 200
The fructose contained in banana
turns to energy after intake. Along with protein and starch,
it contains minerals like sulphur, iron, magnesium, copper and
calcium. There is less fat content in bananas. Bananas will reduce
the acidity in blood. It contains Vitamins C, A, B, D & E.
Along with bananas, warm milk
should be taken. This is the ideal food for growing children.
But then the obese should not take milk along with bananas. As
Bananas have Rasayana properties, use of it will keep you young.
You can live for months only on bananas. Bananas can be used
as medicine for patients with liver complaints and for digestive
tract disorders. Also it can be taken by those suffering from
Malnutrition and Scurvy. Also for patients suffering from eye
and dental diseases. ( as it contains Vitamin A & Cacium
Continence or Brahmacharya
By Continence or Brahmacharya,
we mean the control of libidinal life. Both Ojas ( Light ) and
Veerya ( Virility ) are based on the Seventh Tissue Element,
Semen. Avoid the misuse of this great Dhathu, says Ayurveda.
Too much indulgence in sex makes you lose this Seventh Tissue
Element and this will result in weakness of body. Body ache,
headache etc will be the result. Loss of semen adversely affects
reversely the other Six Tisssue Elements.
If you observe Brahmacharya (
practise Continence ), improved memory, grasping power, physical
strength, discriminative intellect, mental happiness, increase
of Ojas or effulgence on the face etc will be the result. In
order to have good health, you have to control sex. But then
as pure Brahmacharya is impossible for married men, controlled
Brahmacharya or celibacy is advocated.
Lack of sleep is due to many
factors - anxiety, mental tension, over exercise, emotional suffering
etc. When anger and enmity are suppressed, sleeplessness is the
result. Constipation, digestive tract disorders, coffee, tea
etc will destroy sleep. Thoughts about sleeplessness will only
compound the problem. Use of sleeling pills is not ideal. You
may have to depend on such pills. And increasing the quantity
is asking for trouble. If alcohol is taken along with pills,
there will repercussions. Avoid beverages like Cola, tea and
coffee. And take in less fatty foods. Avoid fried foods.
Take only small quantity of food
at night. If you have warm milk before going to sleep, if you
keep the mind tranquil, you will doze off to slumberland. You
should take food 3 hours before going to bed. It will be better
if you can hear peaceful music. Reading is also a good habit
which will take you to slumberland. You should walk at least
half an hour before going to sleep. It will help to digest the
food taken. Meditation will give you good sleep.
The modern fast food culture
is responsible for Constipation. Anxiety, fear, mental tension
- all these create Constipation. Naturopaths averr that constipation
is the root cause of all diseases. Some antacids also create
Constipation. In certain conditions, water will be absorbed in
the Colon and faecal matter may solidify. Such hard stools are
difficult to dislodge. Lack of proper timing of food, anxiety,
mental problems etc all cause Constipation. Constipation will
create back pain, weight in the stomach, headache, loss of appetite
Intake of fruits and vegetables
organically grown, 12 glasses of water daily, ensure mental peace,
correct bowel movements - all these will cure constipation.
Gas Trouble or Hyperacidity
This is a very common disease.
In India, there are very few homes without antacid tablets! On
one side, we take a lot of antacids and on the other take in
acidic foods! Amongst the six tastes, that which is sour, pungent
and salty foster hyperacidity. Fried foods, foods containing
Masala, very cold drinks, potato, plantains - all these foster
gas trouble. Lack of exercise is one of the causative factors.
Also working seated for long hours. Mental tensions also foster
this disease. It is not what you eat, but it is what eats you
that is the cause of this common disease.
Mental pain, thoughts of revenge,
fear - all these pave the way for this malady. There is an Emotional
Center in the brain. When we have mental upsets, this emotional
center stimulates the oxintic cells in our stomach to secrete
hyrochloric acid. Lots of gas going from the rectal tract, indigestion
- all these are the symptoms of gas trouble. Naturopaths averr
that constipation is the cause of this disease, nay, for all
Hurry, worry and curry are the
main causative factors for this disease. Eating food fast, overeating,
foods with masala, sour, pungent, salty foods, pickles, chillies,
potato, soda, cola, chilled beer, nictoine, alcohol, very hot
foods, chewing gum - all these cause hyperacidity. Prevention
is better than cure. Avoid the Apathya foods and be healthy!
Contradictory foods are known
in Ayurveda as "Samyoga Viruddha". When contradictory
foods are taken in, it will increase the Doshic imbalance and
becomes the cause of many diseases. Shrimp and milk, fish and
butter, sour fruits and milk are some examples of contradictory
foods. They are to be avoided at all costs.
Chicken and butter should not
be taken in simultaneously. Honey and ghee in equal quantities
also is prohibited in Ayurveda
Naturopathy says that diseases
are caused by the accumulation of morbid matter. Natural Hygiene
says the cause is Toxemia, or the infusion of toxins into the
One of the methods of cleaning
the colon is enema or colon hydrotherapy. I have been practising
enema for the last 18 years. In 1989, while I was participating
in an Exhibition Stall in Trichur ( a 41 day affair ), the nearest
stall was a Naturopathy stall and the Chief Naturopath told me
that the best way to get rid of gas trouble was to take 15 light
I bought an enema can and have
been doing this when I have any rectal block. This therapy is
effective as we can see putrified faecal matter going out 10
minutes after the enema is administered. This is Jalopasana or
Water Therapy or Hydro Therapy. All the ancient cultures advocated
Hydro Therapy, as water has got tremendous medicinal properties.
Not only faecal matter, but gas, mucous and toxins go out of
the rectal tract.
Fasting Therapy is one of the
best therapies. The digestive system gets rest during fasting.
" ankhanam Paramoushadam " - Fasting is the best medicine.
Water Fasting, Fruit Fasting, Juice fasting --- there are many
types of fasting. Juice Fasting is superior to Water Fasting
as the body is supported nutritionally.
The basic principle of Naturopathy
is that Nature has healing power and that the Five Doctors are
the Elemental Five -Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. ( Annam
Brahma ). By Annam is not meant Food, but the Five Doctors, the
Five Elements. " The Five Doctors are the best, as the Five
Elements are prior to all ", declares the Upanishads. (
Annam hi bhoothanam jyeshtyam, thasmad Sarvoushadam Uchyathe
Ghee - The True Rasayana
Rasayana Therapy is Rejuvenation
Therapy. That which rejuvenates the body is Rasayana. Ghee is
considered to be the True Rasayana. All Ayurvedic preparations
are based on ghee, I mean, almost all the Rasayanas. Ghee contains
Vitamins A E, K D etc. Beta Carotene & Vitamin A are anti-oxidants.
Diseases are caused by the excessive production of Free Radicals
and these two are antidontes to Free Radicals. The famous Chyavan
Prash is based on Ghee. It is said that the Rasayanas confer
beauty, longevity, intelligence, youthfulness, health etc. Ghee,
taken in moderate quantities, will confer these.